I come from a dance and movement background, have been doing yoga for 20 years and love the way the body's symptoms and behaviours can offer us a way to understand the mind. More recently I have become curious about how to integrate aspects of mindfulness meditation into therapy. I find that it helps people gain a more embodied understanding of their psychological and emotional experiences.
I have explored all kinds of movement and meditation practices, alongside ideas from the world of art and gestalt therapy, in an attempt to bring together the intellectual rigour of theory with a keener awareness of the body as a tool for processing internal experiences. What do our bodies tell us about our emotional lives? And how might we engage with ourselves not only through cognition, but also through an embodied awareness of the sensory impacts of various thoughts and feelings?
I've noticed that the people who seem to have the most success with therapy are those who approach it as an exercise in the construction of meaning and understanding, rather than behavioural change only. Paradoxically, those people often find that behavioural change happens quite naturally when underlying motivations and desires become more clearly felt.
I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.
Body psychotherapy is based on the idea that our body and mind are linked, and that the body offers valuable clues to our internal struggles. Early shocks and childhood experiences become reflected, 'echoed' or 'held' in our posture, sensations, movements and reflexes. By becoming aware of how our body uniquely responds to the world around us, we can uncover aspects of ourselves that have been repressed and release painful experiences trapped in the body.
Humanistic therapy helps us to develop a sense of self and a deeper clarity into our feelings, thoughts and experiences. It enables us to recognise our strengths, resourcefulness and creativity, and use these as tools to bring about development, growth or change in our lives. Humanistic therapy focuses on our self-worth and holds the view that being valued as a person, without judgement, is the key to true positive change in our lives.
Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.
Relational psychoanalysis helps us explore why our relationships break down and learn how to transform them. By paying attention to our verbal and non-verbal communication, the therapist helps us become aware of our unconscious, self-defeating patterns which cause us recurring conflicts with other people. Once these patterns are identified, the therapist and client work to build a new, healthy relationship which then serves as a model for future ones.
We will meet once a week for 50 minutes. My charges are between £50 and £60 per session depending on where and when you see me.